In the wake of the resignation of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s (D-NY), Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul is slated to take over. This past Wednesday, the governor’s replacement issued hints that she just may be willing to reveal more sets of data concerning the massive nursing home disaster that took place under Cuomo’s watch.
As reported by The Daily Caller, on Wednesday Hochul issued her first press conference in the wake of Cuomo announcing he would resign, and was questioned about releasing additional nursing home data in relation to Cuomo’s policy of forcing all nursing homes to take in COVID-19 positive patients and then attempting to cover up the whole ordeal.
“My administration will be fully transparent when I am governor,” Hochul replied. “I am not governor yet.”
The nursing home policy instated by Cuomo tragically resulted in multiple thousands of deaths of the state’s most vulnerable elderly as a result of COVID-19. Cuomo, along with his aids, then attempted to cover up the massive failure by changing the reports in an attempt to doctor the numbers to show almost half of the actual casualties of the negligence. Cuomo is still currently under investigation for the entire scandal, such investigations include how the report being changed would relate to the sales of Cuomo’s new book concerning pandemic “leadership.”
The response from Hochul comes out after it had been reported that in the days leading up to his resignation, Cuomo tried to save face and his hide by cutting a deal with state legislators to avoid impeachment if he agreed to not try and run for a fourth team next year.
“New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo tried to cut a deal with the state Legislature — offering to drop his bid for a fourth term in exchange for not getting impeached,” reported the New York Post the day before Cuomo announced his resignation.
The news outlet stated that Cuomo had attempted to make this deal just slightly before New York Attorney General Letitia James officially released her denouncing report that found 11 women credible who accused the governor of sexual harassment. The newly released report also stated that Cuomo’s aides had attempted to smear his most prominent accuser, Lindsey Boylan, by releasing her private and confidential files to various media outlets.
As part of James’ report, there was a section that detailed how Rich Azzopardi, one of Cuomo’s top advisers, sent a set of confidential personnel information about one of Cuomo’s accusers to a large group of media outlets. Sporting the headline “The Release of Confidential Files Relating to Ms. [Lindsey] Boylan,” the AG’s office stated that shortly after Boylan publicly came out with her accusations in a tweet, one of Cuomo’s aides made a request for Boylan’s “full file.”